Experimental College



Unit Director: director@ecollege.ucdavis.edu


260 South Silo


In 1966, The Experimental College was founded as part of a multi-campus movement to bring alternative voices to university culture. By holding courses every quarter, the Experimental College strives to provide an informal, cooperative environment in which individuals can learn and share their skills and interests.

Courses are scheduled to parallel the UCD quarter to provide maximum convenience for students. Registration occurs at the the beginning of each quarter with classes starting shortly after UCD courses and ending shortly before finals week. Registration is open to all community members, not just students. The course catalog is published toward the end of each quarter and contains information regarding course prices, times, and dates.

In addition to sponsoring courses, the Experimental College manages a community garden and a library.  It promotes organic methods and encourages gardeners to form a community. The library is located in the Experimental College office at the South Silo. It is stocked with books not only related to course material but a variety of other subjects including but not limited to holistic health, environmental issues, and sustainability. Book loans are available for current students and members.

Our web page contains an online catalog which is posted at the same time our print catalog is published. It is updated regularly, and contains current information (including enrollment) regarding all courses.

The Experimental College lounge and library are open for people to study, eat, and socialize! We are located on the UC Davis Campus, in the South Silo building by The Bike Barn and The Craft Center. We hope that you find our program to be enriching.